Category Archives: Articles for Expats

Costa Rica has a Super Bowl Champion

Few people including expat retirees know that Super Bowl champion Tom Brady and his famous wife, model Gisele Bündchen, have a beautiful hill-top home in Costa Rica. There house overlooks the small town of Santa Teresa on the country’s Pacific Coast. The Brady’s visit their paradisiacal getaway several times a year to unwind. The couple … Continue reading Costa Rica has a Super Bowl Champion

Why Expats are buying shipping containers in Costa Rica

That’s a good question. Are they all planning to leave? Do they want to hide inside it? Not exactly! Many of the arriving expats are deciding to buy/keep their container that is shipped over here from their home country, which is filled with their stuff. Most people who keep their incoming container, or those who … Continue reading Why Expats are buying shipping containers in Costa Rica

Potential retirees should know that Costa Rica is near the top of the list when it comes to individual freedom

One of the most important things to consider when choosing a country to live or retire is personal freedom. According to the Human Freedom Index, Costa Rica ranks second in Latin America. The aim of this study is to see which countries in the region respect individual freedom, religious freedom, freedom of association and the … Continue reading Potential retirees should know that Costa Rica is near the top of the list when it comes to individual freedom

Costa Rica or Canada for Disgruntled Americans?

Judging from the surprising results of the presidential election in the United States, many Americans are unhappy. In fact, some are so upset that they want to move abroad. Let’s look at the choices for those who wish to relocate. After the election, the Canadian government’s website was deluged with requests for information about how … Continue reading Costa Rica or Canada for Disgruntled Americans?

Two great articles which extoll Costa Rica for retirees, trend setters and political malcontents from the U.S.

Today, November 8, 2016, I read two articles about Costa Rica that attest to fact that the country is one of the best places in the world to live. The first article is titled “The 5 current trendiest destinations in the world.” Iceland is mentioned because of its exotic landscapes and the quaint small-town city … Continue reading Two great articles which extoll Costa Rica for retirees, trend setters and political malcontents from the U.S.

Costa Rica celebrates 195 years of independence and a high quality of life

A recent study compared Costa Rica to other Latin American countries that became independent around the same time. In addition to Costa Rica, the countries that achieved their independence were Mexico 1810, Colombia 1816, Chile 1818 and Uruguay in 1825. Costa Rica became independent in 1821. In terms of overall quality of life Chile came … Continue reading Costa Rica celebrates 195 years of independence and a high quality of life

Costa Rica is safer for retirees than Mexico

Unofficially there are around one million U.S. retirees living in Mexico at the present time. Many people live there part time as snowbirds while others reside on a permanent basis. The country offers a wide variety of places to live with many different climates. The main reason for retiring and living in Mexico is its … Continue reading Costa Rica is safer for retirees than Mexico

Costa Rica is selected as the happiest country in the world, once again

Once again Costa Rica has been named the most sustainably happy country in the world. According to the New Economics Foundation, the 2016 Happy Planet Index (HPI) Costa Rica tops the ranking for the third time. The Happy Planet Index measures a country’s happiness in relation to the wellbeing, life expectancy and social inequality and … Continue reading Costa Rica is selected as the happiest country in the world, once again

Is Costa Rica the best Latin American Offshore Retirement Destination?

My friend and attorney Richard Philps wrote the following article which is objective and hits the nail on the head. So, I decided to publish it on my blog. I’ve lived in Costa Rica for the past eighteen years, I’m naturalized as a Costa Rican Citizen (I vote in elections), my wife is Costa Rican, … Continue reading Is Costa Rica the best Latin American Offshore Retirement Destination?

Those who do not like Hillary or Trump now have a choice

A lot of people are saying that this year’s upcoming presidential election is one where voters have to choose the lesser of the two evils since neither one of the two candidates is really ideal. Unfortunately, one of them will be the next president of the United States. I hear those on both sides saying … Continue reading Those who do not like Hillary or Trump now have a choice

Potential retirees should read this

I just read about the 10 most dangerous vacation destinations in the world on Yahoo News. Among them are Somalia, The Democratic Congo Republic, Colombia and Mexico. It is not surprising that many of these places made the list. Potential expats should be aware that Mexico is a favorite for many travelers because of its … Continue reading Potential retirees should read this

Costa Rica is one of the most peaceful and safest places in the world for foreign retirees

In many of my past blogs I have alluded to the fact that Costa Rica has not had a military since the late 1940s. Because of that the country can dedicate more of its resources to education and healthcare instead of maintaining a standing army. Another benefit is that the country does not meddle in … Continue reading Costa Rica is one of the most peaceful and safest places in the world for foreign retirees

Retirees should know about freedom of the press in Costa Rica

It is widely known that Costa Rica has the oldest democracy in Latin America and is one of the few countries in the world without a military. Indeed quite an achievement in this day and age! The country is synonymous with peace and above all, freedom in almost every sense of the word. In fact, … Continue reading Retirees should know about freedom of the press in Costa Rica

Potential Expat Retirees Should Know that Costa Rica is Among the Safest Places in the World to Visit or Live

By Rico on 25 April 2016 In many of my blogs I have mentioned that people relocate to Costa Rica for a variety of compelling reasons: the country’s great climate, wonderful people who like Americans, a user-friendly place for Americans, an impeccable international reputation (no bad news), good health care, year-round affordable fruits and vegetables, a stable … Continue reading Potential Expat Retirees Should Know that Costa Rica is Among the Safest Places in the World to Visit or Live

So you are sick and tired of the United States and want to move to Costa Rica

The U.S. is a great country and still the land of opportunity in many ways. I am happy to have been born there because otherwise I would have never had the chance to relocate to Costa Rica and live my dream. Despite all of the advantages of being an American, many people are disillusioned with … Continue reading So you are sick and tired of the United States and want to move to Costa Rica

More of the same (más de lo mismo)

I just saw a cost of living index that was published by the organization Internations (www.internations.org). In the survey countries are ranked from the most affordable to the most expensive for retirement. I find their chart interesting but like many other expatriate organizations it equates cost of living with quality of life which is completely … Continue reading More of the same (más de lo mismo)

Retirees and others may come to Costa Rica if Trump is elected but……

On Monday I published Part 1 of this article by taking some excerpts from an article that appeared in The Washington Post on the same subject. In a nutshell the article pointed out,”For pacifists tired of endless war, there’s a country that is technically incapable of it: Costa Rica. In 1948, the nation abolished the … Continue reading Retirees and others may come to Costa Rica if Trump is elected but……

Retirees and unhappy people will flock to Costa Rica to flee a Trump presidency

Remember when Rush Limbaugh vowed to relocate to Costa Rica if Obamacare passed? It didn’t happen, of course, but according to The Washington Post, Costa Rica is a prime destination to relocate for those wishing to flee the United States in the event that Donald Trump is elected president of the world’s lone superpower. Perhaps … Continue reading Retirees and unhappy people will flock to Costa Rica to flee a Trump presidency

The illegal underground Gringo economy in Costa Rica Part II

In my last blog I wrote about Americans and Canadians who work under the table in Costa Rica without legal residency or a work permit. In this article I want to address another group who have legal residency but without permission to work. A foreigner can only work with residency called “Residencia Libre de Condiciones” … Continue reading The illegal underground Gringo economy in Costa Rica Part II

Costa Rica’s Illegal Underground gringo Economy

For a variety of reasons I think that it is imperative that anyone thinking of retiring in Costa Rica should be aware of the following situation. As I have stated in numerous articles, the best candidates for living or retiring successfully in Costa Rica are those with a pension, another type of fixed income or … Continue reading Costa Rica’s Illegal Underground gringo Economy

Christopher Howard’s Responses

Costa Rica ranks among healthiest, most comfortable retirement destinations and stands as the best in some categories Costa Rica is a top option for a healthy, comfortable retirement, according to two recent surveys. The country ranked fourth overall in International Living’s 2016 list of Best Countries to Retire. (CH: International Living provides a lot of … Continue reading Christopher Howard’s Responses

Something that Potential Expat Retirees Should Know

The US Embassy in San Jose, states “More social security checks are mailed to Costa Rica than anywhere else outside the USA.” That should tell you something about the quality of live here. Costa Rica has more Americans per capita living here than any other country outside of the USA. They cannot be wrong! In … Continue reading Something that Potential Expat Retirees Should Know

A new option for retirees who want to be home owners in Costa Rica

One of the main reason retirees and other expats come to Costa Rica is to downsize and try to get by on less money. Because of Costa Rica’s popularity, prosperity and high quality of life, housing in some areas has become expensive. However, now there is an affordable housing option -— shipping container homes. Diana … Continue reading A new option for retirees who want to be home owners in Costa Rica

Does Cuba pose a threat to Costa Rica’s retirement market?

With all of the recent buzz about Cuba many wonder if Cuba will eventually replace Costa Rica as a retirement haven. The answer is not at least in the short term. Cuba has tremendous potential and is receiving a lot of press but has been frozen in time for the past for 55 years. The … Continue reading Does Cuba pose a threat to Costa Rica’s retirement market?